Gaming the System

Detroit Tigers ace Kenny Rogers was caught with an illegal substance on the fingers of his pitching hand the other night. He had to wash it off and continued pitching eight shutout innings. The substance certainly helped Rogers grip the ball in the current cold weather, conferring upon him an unfair advantage over hitters. Baseball people say this kind of thing happens all the time and aren’t making a big deal of it.

No doubt cheating is widespread in our society because the stakes are so high. And also because even when you get caught nothing much happens. Apparently results matter more than character. I guess we shouldn’t complain about things like voter fraud, embezzlement, and other ways people game the system to their own advantage. If everybody does it, it must be all right. Right?

About Stan Guthrie

Stan Guthrie is an editor at large for Christianity Today magazine and for the Chuck Colson Center for Christian Worldview. His latest book is God's Story in 66 Verses. He also is author of All that Jesus Asks: How His Questions Can Teach and Transform Us, Missions in the Third Millennium: 21 Key Trends for the 21st Century, and A Concise Guide to Bible Prophecy. He is co-author of The Sacrament of Evangelism. Besides authoring, writing, and editing books, Stan is a literary agent, bringing together good authors, good books, and good publishers. Stan writes the monthly Priorities colum for He has appeared on National Public Radio's €œTell Me More,€ WGN's Milt Rosenberg program, and many Christian shows, including The Eric Metaxas Show and Moody Radio'€™s €œNew Day Florida.€ A licensed minister and an inspirational speaker, he served as moderator for the Christian Book Expo panel discussion, Does the God of Christianity Exist, and What Difference Does It Make?
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